Elvis lives on in many forms at Jan. 2 party
The Elvis Birthday Bash will return to the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, on Jan. 2. Celebrate the King's birthday starting at 2 p.m. that day with a number of Elvis tribute artists. There will be free cake and a photo opportunity after the show. Tickets are $30 advance; $35 VIP; $25 day of show from largoarts.com or call (727) 587-6793.
Got a Florida ditty up your sleeve?
Each year since 1992, the Will McLean Foundation has sponsored the Best New Florida Song Contest. Contestants are asked to submit a song, or three, about the history, natural beauties and "critters" of Florida. Those who wish to enter need not be skilled musicians; the songs entered are not judged on the slickness of their presentation. However, a good recording showcases the song at its best. Winning songwriters will be invited to perform at the annual Will McLean Music Festival in March. Deadline to enter is Dec. 31. The entry fee is $10 per song. For an entry form, visit willmclean.com or call (352) 589-6027.
It's never too late to rejoin the band
A new season begins in February for St. Petersburg's own 500-member marching band, the Awesome Original Second Time Arounders. Dust off your instrument, baton or dancing shoes and attend an orientation from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 at Harvey's 4th Street Grill, 3121 Fourth St. N, where you'll meet several members and get the scoop on how it works. Age is no factor. A $25 annual donation is suggested. Visit secondtimearounders.org or call (727) 421-0520.